After a year full of dramatic shifts to the business landscape, it’s time for companies to look ahead a bit and plan for the post-covid future. And in a year full of drastic changes, perhaps no aspect of the business world has changed more than network security. So, to celebrate the upcoming World Password Day, we’re highlighting three critical elements of cybersecurity that have been or are on the verge of being revolutionized due to the pandemic.

RESILIENCE

Ups and downs are to be expected when you run a business, but the wild twist and turns of the past year cemented the importance of cyber resiliency for any modern organization. The concept of cyber resilience refers to the measure of how well your company can effectively continue to operate amid disruptions such as cyber-attacks or disaster events like hurricanes, floods, or a global pandemic. Can you deliver for your customers even in the face of a breach or unexpected natural event? Because anticipating all potential disruptions is impossible, companies must build resilient infrastructure and security systems to absorb these types of events and recover from them. The key to conquering this is creating a well-thought-out cyber resilience plan that identifies essential business systems and fortifies them through redundancy so they can be brought back online quickly. Luckily, cloud-based innovations are beginning to make building redundancy into your network smooth and straightforward.

TECHNOLOGY

The sweeping changes made to the way we do business are also driving demand for new and innovative network security technologies. In our new reality, solutions that are not cloud-native, flexible, resilient, and secure are quickly falling by the wayside. Massive virtualizations of the workspace are pushing technology-makers to work faster to develop suitable products and services. For example, in years past, the go-to for mitigating risk was adding layers of security. Therefore, security teams often worked with complex layers of poorly integrated products that wasted resources and slowed down networks. New solutions are arriving intending to reduce complexity and streamline security controls. Technology is also on the fast track towards supporting more network de-perimeterization. By developing a more distributed IT infrastructure, users, identities and data will soon become the new perimeters, and in turn, IT architecture will be easier to scale and operate. And companies that understand and implement these new technologies will surely be the new vanguards of efficiency.

PRIORITIZATION

While these advancements will go a long way towards making remote workforces manageable and secure, the sheer amount of data we’re starting to have to manage has also become a concern. This means companies will have to set clear priorities and decide what data is worth protecting and what data can be considered public. Rebalancing your security budget will be an inevitability as cybersecurity protocols shift to accommodate these decisions and our understanding of data privacy evolves. Entities that want to stay current will also have to prioritize developing long term architectural projects like Zero Trust, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), and Identity and Access Management (IAM) if they want to stay ahead of the trends and not be caught playing catch up in their respective niches. 

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